In short: This was my first 'official' Half Marathon and I'll be doing it again. Nice scenery, great support in the local villages In full: Quite hilly with long inclines in places and the Greenway seems to go on forever but great running surface all round with plenty of water points. Water was in cups last year and no t-shirt included in entry fee but for a fee you could purchase one at the end for a tenner ! Date of review: January 4, 2012
In short: c- u next year xx In full: this was well worth doing and will be back next year with luck ,lovely scenery nice cheering peeps tough little hill and my only negative being the railway track mind numbing - but i must add well organised by the SRC oh and could you make the t-shirt a option when entering please . KB Kirkstall Harriers Leeds Date of review: May 19, 2011
In short: massive PB In full: Really enjoyed my day, particularly knocking six minutes off my best and getting down under 1.35!
Organisation was good- I enjoyed the comedy messages before the start. Actually, the course itself is generally very flat, but with two inclines and one reasonably testing hill- although you do get a nice steep downhill immediately afterwards.
I rather liked my medal and it was a really nice touch to have it handed over with a handshake- made it worthwhile! Date of review: May 18, 2011
In short: Great marathon, friendly, well-organised and scenic. In full: This was my first full marathon, and has converted me to the experience, I only thought I'd want to do one! Good camaraderie, especially in the second half made up for the more sparse support in places, which is always the way in rural races. There were places to run on verges/grass which spared my usually-offroad-running knees. Date of review: May 17, 2011
In short: Pleasant Low Key Marathon In full: I had a really pleasant Stratford Marathon experience. A new PB didn't hurt, but I enjoyed the quiet country lanes and the frequent water stops. The course is undulating, and the two laps might put some off, but I enjoyed both of these elements.
My only slight quibbles were the droning on of various dignitaries before the race started, I just wanted some upbeat music. The other was the lack of a sports drink on route, but we had been prewarned and so could have brought our own if needed.
Overall a fantastic weekend and race in a beautiful part of the country. Date of review: May 13, 2011
In short: My first marathon - really enjoyed it. Lots of helpful marshals, frequent water and sponge stations and variable surfaces - some in town, some lanes, some busyish roads and the off road path home. In full: Could have done with some gels or sports drinks.
Thought the run in was great - annoucing your name and everyone cheering....my kids were also not stopped from running up to me as I crossed the line - so very family friendly...
Great first Marathon course and thoroughly recommended. Date of review: May 12, 2011